WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III doesn’t plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.
The former U.S. Navy officer shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to extend his advantage to two strokes over Angel Cabrera after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.
“I’ve been working for a long time to win on the PGA Tour,” Hurley said. “I figure if I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I can’t lose.”
Hurley never relinquished the lead he has held since midway through the second round at Old White TPC. He birdied the par-5 12th and par-4 13th before dropping a stroke on the par-3 15th.
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He had a 12-under 198 total. No third-round leader has won the Greenbrier Classic, in its fifth year. There have been two playoffs.
Cabrera shot a 64. He’s looking for his first non-major win on the PGA Tour.
Kevin Chappell, who owns a home in Kirkland, was third at 9 under after a 69. Steve Stricker had a 68 to top the group at 8 under.
There will be more than a $1.2 million winner’s check available Sunday. The four best finishers not previously eligible for the British Open among the top 12 on the final leaderboard will earn spots in the July 17-20 tournament at Royal Liverpool.
Hurley finished his five-year Navy service in 2009 and would still be a naval officer if golf wasn’t keeping him busy.
“I slept fine last night,” he said. “The benefit of the Navy if you learn how to sleep anywhere. I think I’ll sleep fine tonight, too.”
Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley (66) was tied for 19th at 5 under and Michael Putnam (67) from University Place was tied for 30th at 4 under.
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